Pekka Kuusisto Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, performed by Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, is a marvel of German precision that is sure to raise your pulse. The work has developed a reputation as an essential one for aspiring violin virtuosos to conquer and one not to be missed by audiences alike. Then Principal Guest Conductor Dausgaard brings us Carl Nielsen, the renowned symphonist from Denmark, who creates ever-expanding horizons and soaring voices in his Symphony No. 3. Plus! Up-and-coming Scottish composer, Helen Grimes, brings us her U.S. premiere of Snow.


Dates and Tickets

  • 8 Jun (Thu) 2017 7:30PM
  • 9 Jun (Fri) 2017 12:00PM
  • 10 Jun (Sat) 2017 8:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

Presented 1 hour prior to each performance in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium.

Ask the Artist

The Thursday concert (Jun 8) will feature chamber works by Nielsen performed jointly by Seattle Symphony musicians and University of Washington students. Both events free with ticket purchase.

Running time

1 hour, 50 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Thomas Dausgaard


Thomas Dausgaard is renowned for his creativity and innovative programming, the excitement of his live performances, and his extensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings.

Pekka Kuusisto


Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto is internationally renowned both as soloist and director and is recognised for his fresh approach to the repertoire.

Estelí Gomez


Praised for her "clear, bright voice" (New York Times) and "artistry that belies her young years" (Kansas City Metropolis), soprano Estelí Gomez is quickly gaining recognition as a stylish interpreter of early and contemporary repertoires. In January 2014 she was awarded a Grammy with contemporary octet Roomful of Teeth, for best chamber music/small ensemble performance; in November 2011 she received first prize in the Canticum Gaudium International Early Music Vocal Competition in Poznan, Poland. An avid performer of early and new music, Estelí can be heard on the Juno-nominated recording Salsa Baroque with Montréal-based Ensemble Caprice, as well as Roomful of Teeth's self-titled debut album, for which composer Caroline Shaw's Partita was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.

John Taylor Ward


The American baritone, John Taylor Ward, was born to a musical family in Boone, North Carolina (bluegrass and Broadway, primarily). He has performed professionally since the age of 5, appearing as a boy soprano soloist at the National Cathedral (Washington, DC), Durham Cathedral (Durham, UK), and Claire and King’s Colleges, Cambridge. He received a high school diploma from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and entered the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, from which he received a Bachelor of Music degree in 2009. In 2010, he began his graduate studies for Master’s of Early Music, Chamber Music, Sacred Music, and Art Song at the Yale School of Music, where he is currently a doctoral student. There he has served as the assistant conductor of the Opera Theatre of Yale College, while his scholarly research focuses on the performance practice of shape-note music, a unique American genre of folk hymnody.

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.





Helen Grime

Snow: No.2 from Two Eardley Pictures (U.S. Premiere)

Felix Mendelssohn

Violin Concerto

Carl Nielsen

Symphony No. 3


Pekka Kuusisto’s performances are generously underwritten by Hot Chocolate Fund through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle.